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Mitchell Falls in Flood

October 16th, 2011

The clock is ticking on the opening for the Kimberley Exhibition and i’m almost there.  If  you haven’t seen the invite you can check it our here.  One of the images to feature big in the exhibit will be this one of Mitchell Falls, Mitchell Plateau National Park from the last trip through the Kimberley.

Mitchell Falls at twilight, Mitchell Plateau National Park, Kimberley WA

Spectacular big sky at Mitchell Falls

I spent a total of 3 months travelling through the Kimberley this time, and just after the biggest wet season on record.  Many roads were so badly damaged by the immense amount of water that they were shut well into the dry season as the road crews struggled to clear away the debris and fill in the holes.  The Kulumbaru Rd and thus the track to Mitchell Falls was one of those that remained closed, until right when I arrived at the turn off, which you can read about here.

This image was shot when I choppered into the falls from the campground on the last flight for the day at about 4.30 pm and was dropped off there.  It saved a lot of walking with heavy camera gear and large torch in bag.  This sounds very slack on my part, but since I’d already walked in and out from the campground to the falls 3 or 4 times I thought I could justify the laziness.  The helicopter took the last of the days visitors out, so I had the whole of Mitchell Falls to myself and thats gotta be worth the walk back out in the dark (hence the big torch).

As it happened the weather really turned on a great show for me with fantastic clouds and beautiful light, it was very hard to leave at all really, I would have loved to just camp right there and listen to the water all night, truly an amazing place.

This image is only 74 separate shots, a double row with bracketed exposures for the Sky stitched with PT GUI Pro.  The layer blending was done manually to increase the dynamic range, and just for the record, the sky is absolutely real.  Shot on the Canon 5D Mk II using the 24mm f1.4 L lens.

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